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2009 Archive

Looking Back, Moving Forward

As Wadell Altom mentioned last month in his Ag News and Views article, his retirement as Agricultural Division Director was effective April 1, 2009. He is now spending time traveling and enjoying his...

Healthcare Study Has Implication for Livestock Farmers

A research study in the February 2009 issue of American Journal of Agricultural Economics found that increasing the number of animal units by 100,000 in any county results in a 7.4 percent increase in infant mortality.

Getting More Out of Less

Getting more out of less is an attractive concept in tough economic times. In 2008, average cow costs ran around $534 per head including depreciation - averages can be deceiving.

Are Low Rate Herbicide Applications Worth the Risk?

With the tight profit margins agricultural producers face, the need to control input costs is greater than ever. As input costs rise, we naturally try to reduce these costs whenever we can. One cost-cutting approach producers often ask about is reducing herbicide rates, sometimes to below the minimum listed on the label.

Common Problems with Burns

Planning and preparation for prescribed burns should start several months or even a year prior to a burn.

Simmer Down Your Cow Herd

A trait exhibited by a cow herd or individuals within a herd that saves time and money is referred to as a "convenience trait." Examples are polledness, parasite resistance, heat tolerance and calving ease.

Reflections on the Past 42 Years

Reflecting on changes observed during more than 42 years of employment at the Noble Research Institute can be overwhelming. By the time you read this, I will be enjoying retirement.

Managing Through Tough Economic Times

In the small town near where I live, there is a day care center. Recently it has had a "Help Wanted" sign staked out front near the highway. Underneath the help wanted portion of the sign, it says...

New Endwall Design Supports Hoop House Structures

One choice facing any grower using a portable hoop house structure is deciding on the type of endwall to install.

Are You Making Money?

What does it take to determine if a ranch or farm is making money? Each farm or ranch has its own set of specific circumstances and reasons for being in the business.